Just bought a set of Michelin Defender A/S for the wife's Buick.
Very quiet and reasonable price, 90,000 mile warranty.
I'll be looking at a set of these when I'm ready for the Nox.
Tread Grade 820
Traction Grade A
Temperature Grade B
Speed Rated 118 Mph
I had the Defenders on my Impala, loved them. Unfortunately no one in the area seemed to have 18" Defenders in stock for the Nox. Given the amount I drive and having the spare donut on the car I didn't want to wait to order them in. I live in a small town with few choices and have to drive an hour to get to Costco or other decent choices for tires.
Read some really good reviews on the Bridgestone Dueler HL 422 Ecopia plus. Costco had a deal on them and I went for it. VERY limited sampling driving home with them but no noticeable issues, they seem quiet and handled well. Will be interesting to see if the claims of improved gas mileage have any merit.
All in $772 CAD at Costco includes nitrogen, road hazard and lifetime rotation & balance. Sale price is good until July 9 I think. Nitrogen is important to me as the tire runs cooler (very important) and if you catch a nail or something it leaks slower as the nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen. I've had very good success with nitrogen and most other tire places charge extra for it, around 10 bucks if they even have it.
I got in the car and got a warning for low tire in LR. LF still showed as no reading (that was where I had the spare) so I figured TPMS needed to stabilize. Sure enough the LF sensor showed up but the LR was still low.... @27 psi. Costco now charges for sensor relearn so I bought my own tool. Not knowing if they were in correct positions I did the relearn, amazingly Costco put all the wheels back in original positions. Still showed LR low so I got out the trusty Michelin digital tire gauge which matched the TPMS at 27 psi. The tire did not lose any pressure, instead gained a bit as it warmed up, so I figured they just did not fill it properly, first time I had that happen on a new tire. Ever.
Went back to Costco and tires were warm so I expected them to match the other tires, bonehead puts 35 in the LR, now it is a few psi less than the rest. I did not argue with the guy as he was clueless and did not seem to understand what I was saying. I stopped for lunch and it read 32 when I came out, again climbed to 35 when it warmed up.
I suspect they over inflated the other 3 tires, will know for sure when I check in the morning when they are cold and get true readings. Since I work about a kilometer from a Costco I can let the tires get cold again Monday at work and then top them off with nitrogen there. 32 in one tire will not affect anything over the weekend, it just irks me that I have to even deal with such a stupid matter. Whatever happened to having pride in a job done correctly? I used to work in tire shops, it is not that hard to put air (or nitrogen) in a freakin tire!